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Line drives vs. home runs

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 by Anonymous

My son wants to hit home runs. Right now he hits line drives or hard grounders...I'm telling him this is great. What do you think?


June 29, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Frozen Ropes Staff says:

The difference between a line drive and a home run is about a 1/5 inch difference in the collision point of the thrown ball and the bat. Trying to hit home runs for young players may develop a "big " swing that will effect contact frequency and hitting to all fields.

Tell your son to take the home run swing occasionally, and try to swing slightly up to allow more air time on his hits. Long term, he will realize that trying to center the ball, so the best way to hit home runs is by accident.
December 28, 2009 at 2:21 AM

Jon says:

Watch your sons swing plane. Is he chopping down on the ball? How long is his bat in the hitting zone? Does it pop in the jump back out? He may want to swing on a flatter plane with lift after contact. It is hard to say though with out seeing his swing
June 9, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Tyler says:

Trying to hit homeruns by design kills young hitters, it is better to be on top of the ball and hit a hard top spin ground ball or hard line drive in the gap than be under the ball trying to swing for the fences. Its great that he wants to be productive, but he'll hit for a higher average focusing on squaring up the the ball and hitting it up the middle.
August 2, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Jeff says:

My daughters hitting instructure has told her that hitting a home run is a mistake. He says that she needs to be driving the ball to left center and right center.

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